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Flute Center of New York

Late July.

Found myself on the 11th floor of a building near Colombus Circle – the flute center of New York, where there are flutes and headjoints a plenty…..mostly a little over priced.

Very easy to spend 4-5hours here, in the two roomed ‘apartment’.

Lets see, tried out all manner of headjoints: David Chu, Haynes, Powell, Burkhart, Williams, Arista…..silver, gold (rose, 14k, 19.5), platinum….a flute players candy store.

Oh….and then there were flutes to try…new & second hand…..

1916 wooden Haynes
Gold Goosman
Gold haynes
Platinum Powell
Louis Lot
Powell handmades
Lamberson
Arista
Emmanuel (probably my favourite)
And may more…….and the piccolos too.

Took a 14k Haynes headjoint to trial for a while…..it made my commercial model Powell (1976 year) 30% louder and had a modern tone.

Fun. Friendly staff too.

Got my Powell repadded and tweaked at Weismann flutes by Luke Panella. With a new set of Straubinger pads, no leaks and no more movement in the key work….. It plays like a dream 🙂

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